Screw Up Malay And Pay

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Malaysia (which not even MALAYSIANs can point to on a map) is now going to levy fines on its citizens for using the national language (Malay) incorrectly. A special division will go after offenders who mix Malay and English (Malinglish? Engalay? Manglish?).

Fines of up to 1,000 ringgit ($271) may be imposed for offenses. The move is to keep the national language as pure as possible. Most Malaysians speak both Malay and English, and critics say this measure will hurt global competitiveness.

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